noun, plural ren·tiers [rahn-tyey] /rɑ̃ˈtyeɪ/. French.
Examples from the Web for rentier
Next, add the vices of a rentier state: laziness, irresponsibility, a sense of entitlement, and ignorance.It’s Not the USA that Made Libya the Disaster it is Today|Ann Marlowe|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But did you see in the paper that he was put down as rentier?Plays--First Series|August Strindberg
The one who has a perpetual income from bonds or rents is called a rentier.The Principles of Economics|Frank A. Fetter
My French friends wanted to talk of the "Psychology of the Rentier."War and the Future|H. G. Wells
He gives himself the name of Piquouique, rentier, English; and he appeals to his Ambassador.Old Friends|Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for rentier
- a person whose income consists primarily of fixed unearned amounts, such as rent or bond interest
- (as modifier)the rentier class
Word Origin for rentier
Word Origin and History for rentier
1847, from French rentier, "holder of rental properties or investments that pay income," from rente "profit, income" (see rent (n.1)).